Breen and Nagle celebrate win on 2019 West Cork Rally
Craig Breen & Paul Nagle (Fiesta R5) took victory on the 2019 Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally after an event long dice with Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble in a similar car. Despite Fishers best efforts he was only able to gain four seconds from an overnight deficit of 26 to finish the rally 22.2 seconds behind Breen. The battle for third place also went down to the wire, with Tom Cave & James Morgan (Hyundai i20 R5) just edging Matt Edwards & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) for the final podium position. Sam Moffett / James Fulton and Callum Devine / Brian Hoy, both in Fiesta R5s completed the top six overall.
In the National Rally there was heartbreak for long time leader Gary Kiernan & Darren O'Brien when mechanical problems put them out with just two stages to go. This promoted Mikko Hirvonen & Jarno Ottman into the lead, and the Finnish pair took victory by almost two minutes from Damian Toner & John McGrath. Conor McCarthy & Gavin Sheehan took the final podium place in their Mitsubishi Lancer.
The Historic Rally was won convincingly by Neil Williams & Anthony O'Sullivan in an Escort Mark 2. They had over a minute and a half to spare over the Escort of Luke McCarthy & David Hogan who pipped Ray Cunningham / Jared Gills Mini by just 2.9 seconds on the final stage. The Junior Rally also went down to the wire, with Peter Falvey & Andrew Cronin winning by just 3.8 seconds over Aaron Browne & Daniel Hanratty after a titanic struggle. Mick Lonergan & Mikey Walsh took the final podium place in their Honda Civic.
Photo of the winners is courtesy of Kevin O'Driscoll.
Top 6 Overall:
1 - Craig Breen & Paul Nagle Ford Fiesta R5 1:51:18.6
2 - Alastair Fisher & Gordon Noble Ford Fiesta R5 1:51:40.8
3 - Tom Cave & James Morgan Hyundai i20 R5 1:51:55.9
4 - Matt Edwards & Patrick Walsh Ford Fiesta R5 1:52:00.7
5 - Sam Moffett & James Fulton Ford Fiesta R5 1:52:52.9
6 - Callum Devine & Brian Hoy Ford Fiesta R5 1:53:00.0
Kevin O'Driscoll, Press Officer